Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Reader report: This sign on East 13th Street is full of crap

An EVG reader, a self-described dutiful pooper scooper, felt compelled to fact check a fake, meant-to-look-official flyer on East 13th Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

As the Official Website of New York notes:

The City enforces the Pooper Scooper Law and accepts reports of places where dog walkers regularly fail to pick up after their dogs. These locations include streets, sidewalks, and other areas such as open front yards next to the public sidewalk. A City agent must see the crime taking place in order to give a ticket. The Pooper Scooper Law does not apply to guide dogs or service dogs walking with people who have disabilities.

It's perhaps tricky business, though, for the city to hand out a ticket. Per a 2008 article in The New York Times: "To issue a summons, the agent must witness the dog doing its business and the owner walking away."

As for the reader's annoyance with the sign: The fine for failing to clean up after your dog is $250. New York bumped up the penalty from $100 in 2008. (The Canine Waste Law was enacted in 1978.)

So the reader wonders why the sign maker didn't put the correct $250 amount on the flyer. Perhaps the reader needs to make new flyers [someone will suggest].

For further reading:
The Consequences Of No One Picking Up Their Dog’s Poop Are Horrifying (FiveThirtyEight)


Anonymous said...

Regardless of this being a fake or not the message is still true pick up your dog's crap, it's the law and something a civilized person should be compelled to do. The neighborhood has seen a boom of dog owners in the past 6 years. Dogs are expensive and as the EV now attracts a wealthier neighbor they seem to all have dogs. Most people are great about cleaning up but the numbers or dogs increase the number of people that could care less has increased too.

Anonymous said...

I would do that job for free.

Anonymous said...

It's not just the 1% and their gold dogs leaving behind the brown, though it is fun to vilify people who you perceive as earning more than you I suppose.

Makeout said...

@ Anon 11:00- You're talking about the signage right?

Anonymous said...

They should have puker scooper law where the Broettes should pick/clean-up after the pukes of their dogs, I mean, bros, (and/or vice versa). EV Heave should be on that.

Anonymous said...

We should implement the Tel Aviv system - all dogs must be registered, and owners provide a DNA sample to the government. Sanitation workers take samples of any dog crap found on the sidewalk, send it to the lab, and the owner gets a ticket in the mail. Creates revenue and would likely dramatically reduce the problem. I love dogs, but so many dog owners don't pick up after them and don't curb their dogs it is a real problem.